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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544671/a-common-thermal-niche-among-geographically-diverse-populations-of-the-widely-distributed-tree-species-eucalyptus-tereticornis-no-evidence-for-adaptation-to-climate-of-origin
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John E Drake, Angelica Vårhammar, Dushan Kumarathunge, Belinda E Medlyn, Sebastian Pfautsch, Peter B Reich, David T Tissue, Oula Ghannoum, Mark G Tjoelker
Impacts of climate warming depend on the degree to which plants are constrained by adaptation to their climate-of-origin or exhibit broad climatic suitability. We grew cool-origin, central and warm-origin provenances of Eucalyptus tereticornis in an array of common temperature environments from 18 to 35.5°C to determine if this widely distributed tree species consists of geographically contrasting provenances with differentiated and narrow thermal niches, or if provenances share a common thermal niche. The temperature responses of photosynthesis, respiration, and growth were equivalent across the three provenances, reflecting a common thermal niche despite a 2,200 km geographic distance and 13°C difference in mean annual temperature at seed origin...
May 23, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544604/thymic-peripheral-crosstalk-in-lymphodepletion-therapy
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EDITORIAL
M E Snyder, D L Farber
T cell depletion is widely used as induction therapy in solid organ transplants and particularly in kidney transplantation, to reduce the episodes of acute cellular rejection. The resultant reduction in T cell numbers is usually temporary, as T cells are actively replenished due to thymic output and/or lymphopenia-induced proliferation of remaining, depletion-resistant T cells. However, the extent of T cell replenishment and the persistence of lymphopenia varies between individuals, with potential impacts on protective or pathogenic immune responses...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544362/cxcl10-and-il-6-markers-of-two-different-forms-of-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-preterm-labor
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Roberto Romero, Piya Chaemsaithong, Noppadol Chaiyasit, Nikolina Docheva, Zhong Dong, Chong Jai Kim, Yeon Mee Kim, Jung-Sun Kim, Faisal Qureshi, Suzanne M Jacques, Bo Hyun Yoon, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Lami Yeo, Sonia S Hassan, Offer Erez, Steven J Korzeniewski
PROBLEM: To determine whether amniotic fluid (AF) CXCL10 concentration is associated with histologic chronic chorioamnionitis in patients with preterm labor (PTL) and preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (PROM). METHOD OF STUDY: This study included 168 women who had an episode of PTL or preterm PROM. AF interleukin (IL)-6 and CXCL10 concentrations were determined by immunoassay. RESULTS: (i) Increased AF CXCL10 concentration was associated with chronic (OR: 4...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544356/older-people-s-experiences-of-falling-and-perceived-risk-of-falls-in-the-community-a-narrative-synthesis-of-qualitative-research
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REVIEW
Siobhan Gardiner, Margaret Glogowska, Catherine Stoddart, Sarah Pendlebury, Daniel Lasserson, Debra Jackson
AIM: To examine qualitative research exploring older people's experiences of falling and the perceived risk of falling in the community. This will contribute new insights into how falling is perceived by the older community. BACKGROUND: Falls are a major problem for older people and healthcare services across the world. Accidental falls in the community are a persistent problem that is generally recognised as an intrinsic risk of ageing. This review provides a new synthesis of evidence that considers older people's perception of falls in the community as new insights are needed if the increasing problems of falls are to be addressed...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Older People Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544131/sclerocorneal-graft-and-sequential-removal-of-melted-cornea-after-severe-corneal-burn-with-perforation
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Anja Viestenz, Berthold Seitz, Hans-Gert Struck, Arne Viestenz
INTRODUCTION: Corneal burn grade IV usually leads to blindness. Several different surgical techniques remain challenging owing to the extensive tissue damage. Here, we introduce a novel technique with a 15 mm corneoscleral and limbal homologous graft combined with sequential autologous corneal removal ab interno, with a vitrectomy probe to save the anterior chamber angle. In vivo anatomy with optical coherence tomography is the surgical key. METHOD: A large 15 mm sclerocorneal graft is sutured on top of the remainder of the destroyed cornea and sclera after removal of the epithelium and conjunctiva, with anterior synechiolysis if necessary, peripheral iridectomy and conjunctivoplasty...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544101/belatacept-combined-with-transient-calcineurin-inhibitor-therapy-prevents-rejection-and-promotes-improved-long-term-renal-allograft-function
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A B Adams, J Goldstein, C Garrett, R Zhang, R E Patzer, K A Newell, N A Turgeon, A S Chami, A Guasch, A D Kirk, S O Pastan, T C Pearson, C P Larsen
Belatacept, a T cell costimulation-blocker demonstrated superior renal function, lower cardiovascular risk, and improved graft/patient survival in renal transplant recipients. Despite the potential benefits, adoption of belatacept has been limited in part due to concerns regarding higher rates and grades of acute rejection in clinical trials. Since July 2011 we have utilized belatacept-based immunosuppression regimens in clinical practice. In this retrospective analysis of 745 patients undergoing renal transplantation at our center, we compared patients treated with belatacept (n=535) to a historical cohort receiving a tacrolimus-based protocol (n=205)...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543754/validating-the-european-health-literacy-survey-questionnaire-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-latent-trait-analyses-applying-multidimensional-rasch-modelling-and-confirmatory-factor-analysis
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Hanne Søberg Finbråten, Kjell Sverre Pettersen, Bodil Wilde-Larsson, Gun Nordström, Anne Trollvik, Øystein Guttersrud
AIM: To validate the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. BACKGROUND: The HLS-EU-Q47 latent variable is outlined in a framework with four cognitive domains integrated in three health domains, implying 12 theoretically defined subscales. Valid and reliable health literacy measurers are crucial to effectively adapt health communication and education to individuals and groups of patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study applying confirmatory latent trait analyses...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543378/renal-transplantation-in-patients-with-pre-existing-hypogammaglobulinemia
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K P Lund, H Bruunsgaard, H V Marquart, S S Sørensen
Hypogammaglobulinemia is well-characterized as a common phenomenon after kidney transplantation. However, no reports of pre-existing hypogammaglobulinemia from kidney transplantation seem to be available. We have reviewed three patients who developed hypogammaglobulinemia prior to kidney transplantation, and all three were treated successfully with immunoglobulin-replacement therapy before and after kidney transplantation. The kidney grafts were functioning at follow-up 1.5 to 8 years (mean: 3.6 years) after transplantation, and there were no diagnosed episodes of clinical rejections and no severe infection complications post-transplantation...
May 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542315/attitudes-of-older-people-with-mild-dementia-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-their-relatives-about-falls-risk-and-prevention-a-qualitative-study
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Tamsin Peach, Kristian Pollock, Veronika van der Wardt, Roshan das Nair, Pip Logan, Rowan H Harwood
OBJECTIVE: To explore the perceptions of older people with mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and their family carers, about falling, falls risk and the acceptability of falls prevention interventions. DESIGN: Qualitative study involving thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with patient and relative dyads. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: 20 patient/ relative dyads recruited from Memory Assessment Services and Falls Prevention Services in the United Kingdom...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542110/pneumonia-after-liver-transplantation
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Stephanie A K Angarita, Tara A Russell, Fady M Kaldas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pneumonia occurs in 8-23% of patients after liver transplantation and contributes considerably to their morbidity and mortality. With the increasing acuity of liver transplantation patients in the current era, pneumonias, particularly ventilator-associated pneumonias, and multidrug-resistant pathogens, are of growing concern. RECENT FINDINGS: Postliver transplantation pneumonia cause varies with the timing of infection. In the early period (<1 month postliver transplantation), nosocomial pneumonias, including ventilator-associated pneumonias and multidrug-resistant species are most common...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542109/application-and-interpretation-of-histocompatibility-data-in-pediatric-kidney-transplantation
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Hilda E Fernandez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advances in technology to assess immunologic risk in solid organ transplant offer an opportunity to optimize the approach to pediatric deceased donor kidney transplant in the setting of a new allocation system in the United States. RECENT FINDINGS: Degree of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) mismatch, class II HLA mismatch, unacceptable antigens and donor-specific antibody (DSA) detected by solid-phase assays, and epitope matching pretransplant affect pediatric kidney transplant outcomes...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541950/high-performance-cellulose-acetate-polysulfone-blend-ultrafiltration-membranes-for-removal-of-heavy-metals-from-water
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Pourya Moradihamedani, Abdul Halim Abdullah
Neat cellulose acetate (CA) and CA/polysulfone (PSf) blend ultrafiltration membranes in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone as a pore former were prepared via a phase inversion technique. The prepared membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, mechanical strength, water content, porosity, permeate flux and heavy metals (Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Zn(2+) and Ni(2+)) rejection to comprehend the impact of polymer blend composition and additive on the properties of the modified membranes...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541920/distributed-optimization-design-of-continuous-time-multiagent-systems-with-unknown-frequency-disturbances
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Xinghu Wang, Yiguang Hong, Peng Yi, Haibo Ji, Yu Kang
In this paper, a distributed optimization problem is studied for continuous-time multiagent systems with unknown-frequency disturbances. A distributed gradient-based control is proposed for the agents to achieve the optimal consensus with estimating unknown frequencies and rejecting the bounded disturbance in the semi-global sense. Based on convex optimization analysis and adaptive internal model approach, the exact optimization solution can be obtained for the multiagent system disturbed by exogenous disturbances with uncertain parameters...
May 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541443/the-impact-of-multidisciplinary-care-on-early-morbidity-and-mortality-after-heart-transplantation
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Marie Schmidhauser, Julien Regamey, Nathalie Pilon, Manuel Pascual, Sam Rotman, Carlo Banfi, René Prêtre, Philippe Meyer, Jean-Philippe Antonietti, Roger Hullin
OBJECTIVES: The impact of multidisciplinary care on outcome after heart transplantation (HTx) remains unclear. METHODS: This retrospective study investigates the impact of multidisciplinary care on the primary end point 1-year all-cause mortality (ACM) and the secondary end point mean acute cellular rejection (ACR) grade within the first postoperative year. RESULTS: This study includes a total 140 HTx recipients (median age: 53.5 years; males: 80%; donor/recipient gender mismatch: 38...
May 24, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541239/psychological-parameters-of-psoriasis
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A Kouris, E Platsidaki, C Kouskoukis, C Christodoulou
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory scaling dermatosis. The marked visible appearance of the lesions have a negative impact on body image that leads to decreased self-esteem, hence seriously compromising the patient's quality of life. The clinical picture critically affects the social well-being of the patient since the disease is commonly misunderstood and feared by the social environment as being contagious. The patient feels stigmatized and this further intensifies their lack of self-confidence and self-esteem...
January 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541173/human-enhancement-and-the-story-of-job
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Nicholas Agar, Johnny McDonald
This article explores some implications of the concept of transformative change for the debate about human enhancement. A transformative change is understood to be one that significantly alters the value an individual places on his or her experiences or achievements. The clearest examples of transformative change come from science fiction, but the concept can be illuminatingly applied to the enhancement debate. We argue that it helps to expose a threat from too much enhancement to many of the things that make human lives valuable...
July 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540908/two-unusual-cases-of-microvascular-thrombosis-in-the-immediate-posttransplant-period
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Swarnalata Gowrishankar, Srinivasan Krishnan, M S Ravishankar, Swapna Nuguri
We present two unusual cases of microvascular thrombosis in the immediate posttransplant period resulting in graft loss. The first was a 20-year-old female with a cadaveric renal transplant with immediate graft dysfunction due to microthrombi of probable donor origin, with nonrecovery of renal function nine months' posttransplant. The second was a 23-year-old male with unrelated live kidney transplant with hyperacute rejection due to anti-endothelial antibodies.
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540902/primary-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-recurring-rapidly-as-collapsing-glomerulopathy-in-a-renal-allograft-recipient
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Vinita Agrawal, Narayan Prasad, Pritpal Singh
Recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) develops in about 30%-40% of patients of FSGS undergoing renal transplantation. We report a patient who received a live- related renal transplant for end-stage renal disease due to a primary FSGS (not otherwise specified) in the native kidney and presented with graft dysfunction in the immediate posttransplant period. The first and the second biopsy showed no evidence of rejection or glomerular lesion. A repeat biopsy done on the 30th day revealed recurrent FSGS morphologically presenting as collapsing variant...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540896/postrenal-transplant-malignancy-incidence-risk-factors-and-prognosis
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Nabil Abdelfadil Elserwy, Esam Elden Lotfy, Mohamad Ashraf Fouda, Medhat Ibrahim Mahmoud, Ahmed Farouk Donia, Mohamed Elsayed Mashaly, Mohamed Hamed Abbas, Mohamed Megahed Abuelmagd, Rasha Kamal Abouelenein, Mabrouk Ibrahim Ismail, Mohamed Adel Bakr
The newer and potent immunosuppressive agents have successfully reduced the risk of rejection after kidney transplantation, but the development of cardiovascular diseases, infections, and malignancy is major factors limiting their success. Posttransplantation malignancy is the second most common cause of death in renal transplant recipients after cardiovascular disease; it is expected that mortality due to malignancy may become the most common cause of death within the next two decades. This study is designed to evaluate the incidence, risk factors, and types of malignancies occurring after renal transplantation and their impact on patient and graft survival...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540885/outcome-of-recipients-of-human-leukocyte-antigen-incompatible-kidney-transplants-who-underwent-desensitization-at-king-fahad-specialist-hospital-dammam-saudi-arabia
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Mohammed Abdulrahim Idris, Akhtar Hossain, Mohammed Abdulrahman Muntasir, Adnan Marmi, Ahmed Abdulfattah Aldajani, Yousef Mohammed Aljamaan, Mahmood Akhtar, Abdulrahman Housawi
In patients whom are highly sensitized immunologically, the benefit of kidney transplantation can be extended to this population through the utilization of organs from human leukocyte antigen incompatible (HLAi) donors. This retrospective observational study was designed to identify the incidence and predictors of acute antibody-mediated rejection/acute cellular rejection (AMR/ACR) in our kidney recipients from living kidney donors (sensitized and those with low immunologic risk). This single-center study has been conducted at King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam (KFSH-D), Saudi Arabia; during the period of September 2008- August 2013...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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